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Mike Lazaridis

Mike Lazardis is a Canadian entrepreneur and philanthropist, best known for being the CEO of BlackBerry (formerly knows as Research in Motion, or RIM). Lazaridis was born in Turkey on March 14th, 1961, to Greek parents. He immigrated to Canada with his family at the age of five, and made Windsor, Ontario home. He was fascinated by science from a very young age, and in high school took not only science courses, but also shop courses, fueling his creative innovation.

After high school, Lazardis enrolled at the University of Windsor to study electrical engineering and computer science. He never completed  his undergraduate degree, however, instead deciding to drop out in his last year to follow a tow truck like pull to devote more time to his business venture, which was Research in Motion.

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Richard Branson

airplane-744861_1920Mr. Richard Branson was born on July 18, 1950 in London, England he is a very successful businessman and investor. He is the founder of the Virgin Group and his current net worth as of Sept 2015 is 4.9 Billion dollars. This is largely in part to his some 400 companies that live under the roof of the Virgin Group. At the age of fifteen he knew he would be a success with anything he touched. My good friend Paul Maddalena introduced me to Richard Branson and some of the other great technological entrepreneurs of our time like Elon Musk. I’m thankful for hard working entrepreneurs like Paul, Richard and Elon as I believe it is people like them who truly make the world go around.

At that young age he launched a magazine called the student. No more than two years later in 1972 he would go down his path of opening multiple Virgin stores. These stores would be the home of all types of music and would be a giant in the industry. This quick climb to success would lead to record labels under the Virgin umbrella.

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Mark Zuckerberg

social-network-76532_640Mark Zuckerberg was born on May 14, 1984 in White Plains, New York, he is best known for being an internet entrepreneur and Facebook creator. He was one of five co-founders of the social network, his current net worth as Chief Executive Office is $44.6 billion. His public salary is 1 dollar a year, to some that sounds far fetched but it is public info. Growing up in White Plains, New York he was the son of the Dentist (Edward Zuckerburg) and the son of a Psychiatrist (Karen Kempner). He and his three sisters were raised Jewish than later became full blown Atheist.

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Gary Vaynerchuk

Gary VGary Vaynerchuk was born on November 14, 1975 in the former Soviet Union known as Belarus. He is a 3 time New York Times Best-Selling Author, entrepreneur, venture capitalist, public speaker and Ceo of Vaynermedia. Gary has also invested in a number of start-up companies, birch box, Uber, Twitter and Facebook, he also grew and ran his own wine business.

Gary understands the value behind good marketing and copywriting services and what they can do for a business. He always stressed how Uber disrupted the black car industry with their on demand app and smart marketing. At almost every public speaking gig he uses Uber as a motivational push for aspiring entrepreneurs, anything is possible. Gary did not invest into this companies immediately, but he eventually did. He is now a very successful business man and is a Social Media King. Sorry Grant!

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Grant Cardone

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Grant Cardone was Born on March 21, 1958 in Lake Charles, Louisiana. he is a renowned motivational speaker and very successful business man. He graduated from Lagrange High School in 1976, located in his hometown of Lake Charles. He then when on to college and acquired his Bachelor of Science in Accounting. Today

He is a very successful real investor and bestselling author of several self-improvement books and also sales training expert. Some of his books are the 10x rule, Sell or Be Sold, and the closer’s survival guide. Grant has made it his mission to meet and help 7 Billion people escape the “middle class life”. He is passionate about spreading his message about financial independence and freedom. He has helped all types of businesses ranging from tech companies and car dealerships to Hamilton paving services and many more.

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